Monday, December 2, 2013
Imoke suspends seven Cross River commissioners, 13 Special Advisers for absenteeism
The Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, on Monday wielded the big
stick, sending seven Commissioners and 13 Special Advisers on
indefinite suspension for absenteeism.
The Secretary to the State Government, Michael Aniah, said the
governor was irked over the failure of the officials to attend the
state's World's AIDS Day anniversary walk on Sunday.
The event, which featured a commemorative four-kilometre World AIDS
Day walk, was to also mark the kick-off of the state's Annual Calabar
Festival, with the governors and the other cabinet members expected in
Mr. Aniah listed the affected officials as the Commissioner for
Justice, Attah Ochinke; the Commissioner for Finance, Etiim Caifas;
the Commissioner for Women Addairs, Edak Iwuchukwu; and the
Commissioner for Social Welfare, Patricia Endeley.
Others include the Commissioner for Environment, Sandy Onor; the
Commissioner for Agriculture, James Aniyom; and the Commissioner for
Water Resources, Elemi Etowa.
The Special Advisers affected included those on Project Monitoring and
Evaluation, Eja Eseghe; Tourism, Wilfred Usani; Religious Affairs, Eyo
Ene; Special Duties; Fabian Okpo; Forestry and Biodiversity, Gabe
Odu-Oji; Investment, Gerald Adah; Political and Legislative Matters,
Fred Osim; and Legal, Mark Obi,
Also affected were the Special Adviser, NGO, Margaret Ebokp; Special
Adviser on ICT, Odo Effiong; Special Adviser on Mineral Resources,
Effiong Bassey; the Adviser, Strategy and Planning, Idem Temple; and
the Special Adviser on Debt Management, Francisca Effiong.
The SSG directed the affected officials to hand over to their
Permanent Secretaries or the most senior officers in their respective
Ministries and Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
It was not clear whether the suspension also entailed loss of
financial benefits and other entitlements.